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Pastoral Services


Carol Sanborn
Director of Pastoral Services
(310) 454-1328, Ext. 228
Carol Sanborn


Bereavement Ministry

Bereavement Ministry is a group of committed, trained lay ministers who bring a myriad of life experiences to the care and support of families following the death of a loved one. They offer practical information and emotional support, as well as expertise in liturgy planning for funerals. Chair: Connie Cherry, 454-0857 and Co-Chair Judy Hatchett, 459-8344.


Coffee and Kids
Many years ago a group of young mothers at Corpus Christi Parish saw a need for an opportunity for mothers and toddlers to come together on Friday mornings for social and emotional support. Celebrating their common bond as members of a Catholic community, friendships have continued to grow through the years as these children entered kindergarten, received their First Communion and graduated from Corpus Christi School. Chairs: Katye Miller, 310-752-6064, Dariana Ross 424-238-5110, Lisa Barry 424-252-9038.


Corpus Christi Fiction Book Group

The Corpus Christi Fiction Book Group is now in its 16th year of monthly gatherings. It is a multi-generational group of parishioners and friends linked by their love of books and their faith community. All are welcome as they meet for spirited discussions on the fourth Thursday from 8:30-10:00 am in the Parish Conference Room. Selections are posted in the Sunday bulletin. Carol Sanborn, 454-1328.


Homebound Ministry
Occasionally, parishioners are unable to participate in Sunday worship either temporarily or for indefinite periods of time. The goal through the collaborative work of Homebound Ministry is let these parishioners know they continue to be valued members of our parish family. Homebound Ministry, working together with Communion to the Sick, Legion of Mary and at times Bereavement Ministry provides practical and emotional support through visits, transportation and assistance with activities of daily living. If you know of someone who might benefit from this ministry, please call the parish office at 454-1328.


New Parishioners Welcome
If you are new to Corpus Christi Parish, you won’t be a stranger for long due to the warmth and hospitality of a wonderful group of volunteers that will see to it you become fully acquainted with your new parish community. You will be invited to a fall Wine and Cheese Evening, and a spring family brunch where you will meet new and old members of the parish alike. In addition members of this ministry will remain a phone call away to answer your questions until you truly feel at home. Nichelle Toomire, 310-230-2899.


Parish Christmas Party
On the first Sunday of December an energetic, creative and spirited group of parishioners work magic in the Parish Hall, turning it into an old fashioned Christmas Party for the entire family. We begin with the 5:30 pm Mass, after which we process to the Parish Hall for food, festivities and friendship.


Senior Group
This group is hard to keep up with! They were among the first to tour the newly refurbished Getty Villa. They spent a day at the Palm Springs Follies. They have attended concerts and toured the Cathedral and even took time out for a French dip at Philippe’s. When they are not on the road they are enjoying speakers and throwing potluck holiday parties in the Parish Hall on the last Friday of the month from 10:15 am to 12 noon. Chairs: Len & Marie Csiszar, 310-459-1867.


Weekend Hospitality

Most people think of it as “Donuts and Coffee” on the patio after Mass every Sunday morning come rain or come shine. But it is really one of the sweetest and best-supported parish ministries at Corpus Christi Parish. It is a wonderful time to meet new people and catch up with old friends and sometimes the best way to catch Fr. Kidney! Consider doing more than eating the donuts and take a turn at the table. Call Carol Sanborn for more information: 454-1328, ext. 228.


Respect Life Ministry
Is a dynamic group of parish volunteers who promote the dignity and sanctity of human life from conception to natural death through programs advocating prayer, education, pastoral care and advocacy.  Tracie Shepard 459-2492

Community Outreach
Corpus Christi provides many opportunities to put faith into action as we strive to live the Gospel by practicing the social teachings of the church. We do this by encouraging parishioners to share their many blessings with nearby facilities and organizations that minister to underserved members of our community at large. Four of these are:

St. Joseph Center is a neighborhood based program in Venice, founded by the Sisters of Carondolet that serves homeless and recently sheltered families, including a large number of single mothers and their children. The Corpus Christi Parish and School support the Center’s work by providing Thanksgiving food baskets, Christmas toys and a monthly school collection of canned goods. Carol Sanborn 454-1328

St. Robert Center is a community-based weekend program operated by Catholic Charities in Venice that feeds hungry people on weekends when many other programs are closed. Volunteers from the parish make sandwiches and serve the hungry on assigned weekend days. Carol Sanborn 454-1328

Food for Families is a program that collects non-perishable foods to be distributed to the homeless and hungry served by St. Robert’s Center.  Items are collected on the FIRST FULL WEEKEND of each month on the church patio. Carol Sanborn 454-1328

Habitat for Humanity/Catholic Coalition is a group of nearly 20 parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles of which Corpus Christi is a member. This program raises funds and regularly participates in Build Days in the Greater LA area to provide decent, sustainable and affordable homes for hardworking, low-income families and individuals. Carol Sanborn 454-1328